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Pak-India NSA talk over phone, aim to reduce tension

Islamabad: After close to three weeks of escalating bilateral tension, India’s and Pakistan’s National Security Advisors finally talked with each other and agreed to attempt defusing tension on the Line of Control (LOC), Pakistan’s Geo TV reported today.

The news outlet said that Sartaj Aziz, advisor on foreign affairs to the Pakistan Prime Minister, confirmed that Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Nasir Khan Janjua spoke about the tense state of India-Pakistan relations in recent weeks.

“Both officials stressed the need to establish contact to reduce tensions along the Line of Control,” said Sartaj Aziz, according to The News International, which reported that Doval and Janjua spoke today.

At the same time, Aziz said that while Pakistan wants to reduce tensions on the LoC, India wants to do the opposite, to take attention away from the unrest in Kashmir.

He did acknowledge that Pakistan wants to focus on Kashmir. “Pakistan wants to reduce tensions on LoC and focus on Kashmir”, Aziz said.

He added that Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif has told world leaders, during his recent visit to the US, that incidents of border tensions will continue between the two countries.

“The Prime Minister had indicated quite clearly that till the issue of Kashmir was resolved, tensions across the border would remain,” said Aziz.

On Sunday night, at least two terrorists and a soldier were killed, and one soldier was injured, when terrorists fired at and lobbed grenades on two military camps in Baramulla in northern Kashmir, four days after India conducted, so called, ‘surgical strikes’ on terror camps across the Line of Control.